Published: 20 September 2022
The Coronavirus pandemic has pushed infectious diseases to the top of government agendas around the world and has substantially influenced how the UK, and therefore Wales collaborates with international partners on infectious diseases, concludes a report from Public Health Wales.
The study explores how the UK’s exit from the EU has changed its international relationships and processes for dealing with future infectious disease threats. At the same time,
Louisa Petchey, Senior Policy Specialist, said:
“Leaving the EU has changed the way the UK and Wales work with countries around the world to tackle public health threats of global importance. The COVID-19 pandemic gave us a glimpse of what these new processes and partnerships look like in action but the situation is still evolving. The next infectious disease threat is where we will be able to fully understand the impact of Brexit.
“In the meantime, we hope this report shines a light on how policy decisions that can seem distant from health – like the process of leaving the EU – can have consequences for health and well-being in Wales and beyond.”
The key messages from the report are:
‘A briefing note: Has Brexit changed how Wales participates in global infectious disease prevention, preparedness and response?’ has been produced as a demonstration of the many ways that Brexit can influence health and well-being in Wales. It provides a valuable resource for those involved in infectious disease planning and response, and of wider interest to public health professionals and officials working on public health policy.